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Ralph Nader and Academics Sign Letter to Hillary Clinton to Support a $15 Minimum Wage

October 12th, 2015

Dear Secretary Clinton:
Economic policy and income inequality are guaranteed to be two of the main themes of the 2016 presidential election. One way that you can fight for working families this election cycle is to stand up for a $15 minimum wage.

You have repeatedly spoken highly of the Fight for $15, stating “We need you out there leading the fight against those who would rip away Americans’ right to organize, to collective bargaining, to fair pay.” So why won’t you support a $15 minimum wage?

For the past few months, you have repeatedly been non-committal to what you think the minimum wage should be. But your statements to the AFL-CIO on July 30th indicating a support for the $12 minimum wage being debated in Congress is disappointing.

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour instead of $12 an hour will have a tremendous impact on the economy. It will provide a raise to another sixteen million Americans, injecting millions into the US economy and growing the GDP.

A $15 wage hike would lead to a decrease in public assistance programs. A study by the Center for American Progress showed that even by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would cause a 6 percent drop in SNAP enrollments, saving $4.6 billion a year. Imagine what we could do with a $15 minimum wage.

Madam Secretary, it is time to start being a true champion of the working class, not just pandering to them for their votes and then turning your back whenever it’s convenient. It’s time for you to use your status as the Democratic front runner to join Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley in supporting a $15 minimum wage.
Ralph Nader Consumer Advocate
Frank Garvey Organizer – Time […]

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Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage – Boston Globe

Take a look at Ralph’s op-ed that ran in the Boston Globe!

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Ralph Nader: Where Are the Presidential Candidates on the Minimum Wage?

Check out Ralph’s column about the 2016 candidates and the minimum wage in the Huffington Post!

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Minimum Wage Letter from Ralph Nader to President Obama

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

September 4, 2014

Dear President Obama,

After years of advocacy by citizen and labor groups, your party has finally made raising the minimum wage for tens of millions of American workers an election issue for the coming midterms. The question remains, though: will raising the minimum wage simply be that ­­ an ‘issue’ with which to slam Republicans without any legislative effort ­­ or will it actually be a top legislative priority this


If you and other party leaders are serious about raising the federal minimum wage, you will quickly move beyond rhetoric about raising wages and focus on the concrete pending legislative path to a modest minimum wage raise to $10.10 an hour over three years: namely, Rep. Tim Bishop’s discharge petition to bring raising the minimum wage to a vote. Rep. Bishop’s petition has 195 signatures already and needs only 23 more to bypass Speaker Boehner’s obstruction and force a vote on raising the minimum wage. These 23 signatures are the direct path to a long­awaited raise for millions of American workers: in the words of Rep. George Miller, who sponsored the bill, “when it comes to the floor, it will pass… we just need a vote.” Passage in the House will ensure the 60 votes needed for Senate passage for by then the political and electoral heat will get the needed fence­sitting Senators. And yet, since the petition’s introduction in late February, there has been little to no effort by Democratic leaders to pressure poverty­ and labor­minded Republicans to sign. You did not even mention HR 1010 or its discharge petition in your Labor Day speech on the minimum wage.

With a modicum of the […]

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Ralph Nader: Minimum Wage Support Grows


During a recent talk at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson indicated his support for legislation in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. “I will tell you we will support legislation that moves forward,” he said. Later in the talk, Mr. Thompson continued, “McDonald’s will be fine. We’ll manage through whatever the additional cost implications are.” It turns out that, contrary to the stale Republican talking points, one of the largest low-wage employers in the country does not have a problem with a higher minimum wage

We have been vigorously advocating for a raise in the federal minimum wage for several years now. Much progress has been made in that time. Unfortunately, little of this progress has come in the halls of Congress, leaving cities and states across the country to do the work that our national leaders won’t do.

Twenty two states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages that are higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In 2014 alone, seven states (Connecticut ($10.10 per hour by 2017), Delaware ($8.25 per hour by 2015), Hawaii ($10.10 per hour by 2018), Maryland ($10.10 per hour by 2018), Michigan ($9.25 per hour by 2018), Minnesota ($9.50 per hour by 2016) and West Virginia ($8.75 by 2016)) plus the District of Columbia ($11.50 per hour by 2016) have signed minimum wage increases into law. And Vermont’s legislature also recently passed legislation to raise their minimum wage to $10.50 by 2018, but it awaits action from Governor Peter Shumlin. Many cities have also decided not to wait on Washington: Seattle ($15 per hour by 2017), San Francisco ($10.74 per hour), Santa Fe ($10.66 per hour), and San Jose ($10.15 per […]

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Labor Scholars, Women’s Groups, and Walmart Activists Challenge Hillary Clinton to Use Her Walmart Influence to Raise Women’s Wages


Contact: Pete Davis, Time for a Raise campaign / 347-453-3135 / [email protected]




Dozens of labor scholars, women’s groups, and Walmart activists issued a letter today asking Hillary Clinton to use her deep Walmart ties to urge the mega-retailer to raise wages for their predominantly-female workforce.

The Walmart Corporation is the largest employer in the United States, employing about one in every hundred Americans. Walmart pays hundreds of thousands of their workers less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than minimum wage workers made 46 years ago. Seventy percent of the positions subject to Walmart’s hourly poverty wage regime are held by women. Walmart could empower hundreds of thousands of female workers by paying all of their workers at least $10.92, which is the inflation-adjusted wage that the lowest paid Walmart workers — under the leadership of their founder, Sam Walton — earned in the late 1960’s.

In 1986, Hillary Clinton became Walmart’s first female director. During her six years as a Walmart board member from 1986-1992, she pushed for women’s empowerment in management, but did not publicly champion the wage plight of Walmart’s predominantly-female hourly workers. With this letter, labor scholars (including University of Pennsylvania Professor Adolph Reed, as well as the President of the Southern Labor Studies Association), women’s groups (including Georgia Women for Change and the Maine Women’s Lobby) and Walmart wage activists (including consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Sprawlbuster’s Al Norman and Beverly Moreton, author of To Serve God and Walmart) are challenging Clinton to expand her push for Walmart women’s empowerment to their hourly workforce.

The letter cites specific ties between Walmart and Clinton that she could […]

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